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Chico books first win at Frost

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, September 4, 2013

{{{*}}}The Chico Dragons put a 38-14 victory on the books Saturday against the Frost Polar Bears.

The Dragons capitalized on Frost mistakes and turnovers to dominate their opening game. Chico’s Jerico McGuire led his team in both passing and rushing yards, while Chris Gilmore led in receiving.

Touchdown

TOUCHDOWN – Chico’s Matt Carter scores one of his two touchdowns against Frost Saturday. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

“Jericoe managed the clock and took care of the football,” head coach Stephen Carter said. “He threw the ball well. He just had some drops by his receivers.”

Chico opened the season without two key players who sustained season-ending injuries the week prior. However, the Dragons were still able to push Frost around.

Chico exploded in the first quarter with a 65-yard touchdown. The Polar Bears still looked like they could contend when they answered back with a 74-yard touchdown of their own plus a two-point conversion.

That would be the only lead of the game for Frost.

The Polar Bears floundered as if they were adrift on an ice floe, and couldn’t get anything going in the second or third quarters. Frost attempted no passing plays during the game, leaving Chico to dominate the airways.

The Dragons scored two touchdowns in the second, with one on a fumble recovery in the endzone. Chico scored again on a fumble return in the third.

“Our defense scored twice,” Carter said. “Anytime you can do that it puts you in a position to be successful.”

In the fourth, Frost tried to fight back by scoring a touchdown, but the attempt was bookended by Dragons touchdowns.

Gang Tackle

GANG TACKLE – The Dragons use teamwork to stop a Frost runner Saturday. Chico went on to a 38-14 victory. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

CHICO 38, FROST 14

Chico … 6 … 12 … 7 … … 13 – 38
Frost … 8 … 0 … 0 … … … 6 – 14

FIRST QUARTER

Chico – 11:39, Matt Carter 65 run; PAT failed
Frost – 5:18, Cobe Hailey 74 run; PAT pass from Haily Colton Clayton

SECOND QUARTER

Chico – 8:32, Jericoe McGuire 38 run; PAT failed
Chico – 2:17, JD Parketon fumble recovery in endzone; PAT failed

THIRD QUARTER

Chico – 5:18, Matt Carter fumble return; PAT by Ivan Sequra

FOURTH QUARTER

Chico – 11:14, McGuire 19 pass to Carter; Sequra kick
Frost – 7:56, Robert Worley 8 run; PAT failed
Chico – 1:43, Creese Redman 1 run; PAT failed

CHICO … FROST

First Downs … 12 … 10
Rushes Yards … 21-172 … 41-207
Passing Yards … 90 … 0
Total Yards … 262 … 207
Comp-Att-Int … 6-16-0 … 0
Punts … 3-34 … 2-28
Fumbles lost … 2-1 … 11-4
Penalties … 6-40 … 7-53

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing – Chico, Jericoe McGuire 7-55. Frost, Cobe Hailey 13-108.
Receiving – Chico, Chris Gilmore 2-26.
Passing – Jericoe McGuire, 6-16-0-90.

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